The Indiana Pacers will have another member as part of the Basketball Hall Of Fame as Roger Brown gets that call now. Reggie Miller and Mel Daniels answered the call last year, which was important as it showcased the melding of ABA and NBA. Mel Daniels was a signature part of those ABA days of the Indiana Pacers and has a number retired for the team. Roger Brown was another member of those days, and gets his name into the Hall of Fame. Obviously, as a person of 31 years old, I have no recollections of those ABA days. I understand the importance of them as they helped bring basketball to the area. Also, they were the champions three times in the ABA. Two years in a row, and the team with the most championships in those times. With such a rich history of basketball in the state of Indiana, it’s important to make those players who helped bring that about a member of the most important hall of fame.
Roger Brown is one of the Indiana Pacers who has his number retired, which leaves one player still hanging in the rafters that hasn’t heard the call for the hall of fame. George McGinnis was a key piece brought in for some championship pedigree. But there’s still one piece to the Pacers puzzle that hasn’t been talked about enough, and who deserves that call as well, Bobby Slick Leonard. Now here is someone that I’m very fond of and if you’ve ever listened to the Pacers’ radio broadcast, you know Slick Leonard. Boom Baby is all I need to say there. Boom Baby is the famous words of Slick Leonard whenever a three is made. Any Hoosier who is out shooting baskets is going to yell boom baby at some point.
Hopefully both these guys, McGinnis and Leonard, will get their own Boom Baby calls in the next years. But congratulations to Roger Brown, who now is a member of the Hall of Fame. These are important pieces for the Indiana Pacers, and it looks like they’re finally getting that recognition they deserve.